Madison Metropolitan School District

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Madison Metropolitan School District
"Action research is the process through which teachers collaborate in evaluating their practice jointly; raise awareness of their personal theory; articulate a shared conception of values; try out new strategies to render the values expressed in their practice more consistent with the educational values they espouse; record their work in a form which is readily available to and understandable by other teachers; and thus develop a shared theory of teaching by researching practice." - John Elliott What is Action Research? | Five Phases of Action Research | Starting Points | Data Collection: The 5 W 's and an H | Writing Prompts for Classroom Action Researchers | Ideas for Your Final Write-up | What
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* Go around the group, and one at a time, ask each person to read their question very slowly twice. The group should listen to the questions. Absolutely no comments are made after each question is read. * Ask the group to generate characteristics, qualities, and guidelines for what makes a good action research question.
1. I would like to improve...
2. I am perplexed by...
3. Some people are unhappy about...
4. I 'm really curious about...
5. I want to learn more about...
6. An idea I would like to try out in my class is...
7. Something I think would really make a difference is...
8. Some I would like to do to change is...
9. Right now, some areas I 'm particularly interested in are...
Data Collection: The 5 W 's and an H
WHY are we collecting this data? * What are we hoping to learn from the data? * What are you hoping to learn from using this particular data collection strategy? * Is there a match between what we hope to learn and the method we chose?
WHAT exactly are we collecting? * What different sources of data will allow us to learn best about this topic? * What previously existing data can we use? * How much data do we need to really learn about this topic?
WHERE are we going to collect the data and for how long? * Are there any limitations to collecting the data? * What support systems need to be in place to
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